Holden VF Commodore revealed; auto parking, reversing camera standard

Holden has revealed the first of its VF Commodore variants, the top-of-the-range Calais V, as well as details about the rest of the VF Commodore range.

According to Holden, all Commodore models will feature automated parking, which unlike many systems works for both parallel parking and 90-degree tail-to-curb parking; also standard is a reversing camera.

Features that will be part of the Commodore range, although may not present on all models, include the MyLink touchscreen entertainment system that made its local debut in the Barina CDX, blind spot alert, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, head-up display, and keyless entry and start. Reverse traffic alert, which warns the driver about traffic passing behind you when in reverse gear.

Thanks to both the external styling changes and funding from the Federal Government, all Commodores have weight-saving aluminium bonnets and boot lids. LED driving lights as seen on the Calais V (above) may be restricted to higher end models.

On the inside, the dashboard and cabin have been thoroughly updated with most of the cheap plastics and design elements banished to history. An electronic parking brake does away with the thumb-chopping mechanical handbrake of the VE, while the electric window switches move to the door panel.

From what we can see in the photos, the top-spec Calais V misses out on LED tail-lights, but has dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, electric seat adjustment with three memory settings on the driver’s side, stitched leather and alcantara dashboard lining, and auto headlights.

The car in the gallery above is a specially made show car version of the range-topping Calais V. The chrome work on the grille and the rear tail-light design on this model hint at a shared ancestry with certain Opel models; the Insignia at the front and the Astra at the rear. Expect more Chevy-oriented design elements to crop up on the sporty SS models, which debut next when Chevrolet unveils its SS sedan alongside its namesake NASCAR racers.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]